Adventure Guides

Parents and children participating in Adventure Guides develop strong bonds that support self-esteem and communications skills, setting the foundation for positive, lifelong relationships.

In Adventure Guides (previously known as Indian Guides or Indian Princesses), parents and children develop healthy relationships, gain a sense of belonging, and learn the importance of giving back to the community through one-on-one interactions, activities with other families, and community service projects. At the heart of the program are the Compass Points, which give members a sense of direction and an inspiration for activities:

  • Family: Family is the “true north“ — the focal point of the program.
  • Nature: The natural world and the camping experience within it are integral parts of the program.
  • Community: The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small community — the "Circle".
  • Fun: Fun is the magic of the program.

The Y’s core values — caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility — make up the other guiding principles of the program.

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Sharing Family Experiences at All Ages

Adventure Club activities launch parents and their children on a journey of discovery, with the child as the explorer and the parent as the guide. Adventure Guides encourages parents to get to know your kid while your kid is still a kid with group activities such as games, crafts, songs, stories, skits, ceremonies, and outdoor pursuits such as camping, hiking and swimming. The one-on-one time in a fun, special environment builds important bonds through shared experiences.

We offer specific programs for different age groups so all participants can enjoy age-appropriate activities and experiences.


Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

Learn About Adventure Guides at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA


Rancho Family YMCA

Father and Child Clubs

Learn About Adventure Guides at Rancho Family YMCA


Peninsula Family YMCA

Father and Child Clubs

Learn About Adventure Guides at Peninsula Family YMCA


Dan McKinney Family YMCA

Father and Son Clubs

Father and Daughter Clubs

Father and Child Clubs

Mother and Son Clubs

Mother and Daughter Clubs

Mother and Child Clubs

Learn About Adventure Guides at Dan McKinney Family YMCA


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